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Steven Polzin is the director of mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
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Dr. Polzin is the director of mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida and is responsible for coordinating the Center's involvement in the University's educational program. Dr. Polzin carries out research in mobility analysis, public transportation, travel behavior, planning process development, and transportation decision-making. Dr. Polzin is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Transportation and serves on several Transportation Research Board and APTA Committees. He recently completed several years of service on the board of directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (Tampa, Florida) and on the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization board of directors. Dr. Polzin worked for transit agencies in Chicago (RTA), Cleveland (GCRTA), and Dallas (DART) before joining the University of South Florida in 1988. Dr. Polzin is a Civil Engineering with a BSCE from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

Recent Posts

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August 20, 2018, 5am PDT
We are in perhaps the most dynamic period with respect to changes in travel behavior in the past 50 years. Chose your data wisely.
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June 14, 2018, 2pm PDT
The New York MTA this week approved reduced fares for low-income riders. According to blogger Steven Polzin, that decision might have unintended consequences. Asking users to pay for transportation is a complex proposition.
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February 21, 2018, 2pm PST
Here are a few transportation-related facts that might have slipped through the cracks in the current political debate regarding infrastructure spending.
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Blog post
November 30, 2017, 8am PST

I put my Christmas wish in a little early this year—wanted to give Santa time to deliver, and it's not an easy wish to grant. No data, no graphs, no citations, just some thoughts to share.

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October 4, 2017, 2pm PDT

Recently released travel data show Americans returning to their cars as the economic recovery deepens. Alternative forms of transportation are not attracting new users.

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July 25, 2017, 8am PDT
As planners seek to leverage public transit investments with enhanced first mile-last mile connections, it is critical that market analysis guide those initiatives and that impacts and cost effectiveness are part of the performance assessment.
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May 3, 2017, 2pm PDT
The future, once again, isn't living up to the expectations of planners. How should long-range planning work in a world that is more suburban and more auto-oriented than a generation of planners and urbanists expected?
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January 23, 2017, 5am PST
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the effect transportation network companies like Uber will have on mobility. Are we asking the right ones?
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December 7, 2016, 2pm PST
If the country is about to embark on a new era of infrastructure investment, care will be necessary to ensure long-term benefits for mobility.
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September 28, 2016, 8am PDT
Is commuting Deplorable? Can we Make Commuting Great Again? It is sometimes necessary to resort to hyperbole to draw attention to real data.
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